Day Eighty-Two- Karl Schmidt-Rottluff- Lost in Translation

It’s Day 82 and I did my painting early today.  Didn’t really plan on finishing it this early, but I just got sucked into it.  I wanted to get started on my lazy Sunday.  Lazy meaning, organizing some stuff in the house, walking the pups…etc.  Join me in celebrating Karl Schmidt-Rottluff today!

Karl Schmidt-Rotluff

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl. German. 1884-1976. Portrait of Emy. 1919. Oil on canvas

Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl. German. 1884-1976. Portrait of Emy. 1919. Oil on canvas

He was born Karl Schmidt in Rottluff, Saxony, today a district of Chemnitz, and attended the Humanistisches Gynasium in Chemnitz. He began to study architecture in Dresden, but gave up after a term, when he became a founder member of a group of artists known as Die Brücke (“The Bridge”), along with his fellow architecture students Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl and Erich Heckel. The group was founded in Dresden on 7 June 1905, and its first exhibition opened in Leipzig in November of the same year.

In 1906 he added “Rottluff” to his surname. He spent the summer of that year on

Self Portrait- Karl Schmidt-Rotluff

Self Portrait- Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

island of Alsen, in the company of Emil Nolde. From 1907 to 1912 he spent the summers on the coast at Dangast, near Bremen. In December 1911, like the rest of members of Die Brücke he moved from Dresden to Berlin.

The group was dissolved in 1913. He served in the army on the eastern front in 1915–18, before returning to Berlin, where he spent the rest of his life, except for a period during the Second World War, when he returned to Rottluff following the destruction of his studio in an air raid.

Dangast Landscape- Karl Schmidt-Rotluff

Dangast Landscape- Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

The honours bestowed on Schmidt-Rottluff after World War I, as Expressionism officially recognized in Germany, were taken away from him after the rise to power of the Nazis.

He was expelled from the Prussian Academy of Arts in 1933, two years after his

Dr Rosa Schapire 1919 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

Dr Rosa Schapire 1919 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff

admission.  In 1937, 608 of Schmidt-Rottluff’s paintings were seized from museums by the Nazis and several of them shown in exhibitions of “degenerate art” (“Entartete Kunst”). By 1941 he had been expelled from the painters guild and forbidden to paint.

Schmidt-Rotluff

Schmidt-Rottluff

After the war, in 1947, Schmidt-Rottluff was appointed professor at the University of Arts in Berlin-Charlottenburg, through which he again exercised an important influence on a new generation of artists. An endowment made by him in 1964 provided the basis for the Brücke Museum in West Berlin, which opened in 1967 as a repository of works by members of the group.

He was a prolific printmaker, with 300 woodcuts, 105 lithographs, 70 etchings, and 78

Schmidt-Rotluff

Schmidt-Rottluff

commercial prints described in Rosa Schapire’s Catalogue raisonné.

He died in Berlin in 1976.

Biography is from wikipedia.

photo 1I decided to do a portrait of me and my husband.  I’ve been wanting to use this reference photo of us at a friends wedding years back for something, but I didn’t know for which artist until today!

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Yay!

Yay!

I hope you enjoy my tribute to Schmidt-Rottluff today.  I had fun painting it.  It’s an interesting experiment to use colors that aren’t really there except inside your emotions.  It was also interesting using a black and white reference photo so that I could only choose colors from my feelings as opposed to what my eyes were seeing…if that makes any sense!  Enjoy and I’ll see you tomorrow on day 83! xoxo, Linda

Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View
Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1 Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2 Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 4 Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 4
Olden Times- Tribute to Karl Schmidt-Rotluff
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

 

The essence of art can never change. I’m convinced you can’t talk about art. At best, you will have a translation, a poetic paraphrase, & as for that I’ll leave that to the poets.
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Read more at http://izquotes.com/author/karl-schmidt-rottluff

 

 

 

 

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